Tuesday, November 11, 2008

What We Face in Virginia, and the Nation

About a quarter of the state's major highways are in substandard condition and almost a third are congested. The state will have a $105 billion backlog of needed road and transit work by 2025, the report, "Virginia's Future Mobility," says. "Unless current transportation funding levels in the state increase, Virginia's residents, visitors and businesses can expect the state's roadways to become increasingly congested and deteriorated," according to study by The Road Information Project.
Richmond Times Dispatch 2/21/07

Virginia Facts on Infrastructure

American Society of Civil Engineers Report Card for America's Infrastructure


  • 29% of Virginia's major urban roads are congested.
  • 26% of Virginia's major roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • Vehicle travel on Virginia's highways increased 28% from 1990 to 2003. Virginia's population grew 19% between 1990 and 2003.
  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Virginia motorists $1.2 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs --- $248 per motorist
  • Congestion in the Richmond area costs commuters $272 per person per year in excess fuel and lost time.
  • Congestion in the Virginia Beach area costs commuters $501 per person per year in excess fuel and lost time.
  • Congestion in the Washington, DC metropolitan area costs commuters $1,212 per person per year in excess fuel and lost time.

  • 26% of Virginia's bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

  • There are 74 state-determined deficient dams in Virginia.
  • Virginia has 126 high hazard dams. A high hazard dam is defined as a dam whose failure would cause a loss of life and significant property damage.
  • The rehabilitation cost for Virginia's most critical dams is estimated at $147.2 million.

Drinking Water
  • Virginia's drinking water infrastructure need is $2.05 billion over the next 20 years.

  • Virginia has $3.52 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs.

Solid Waste
  • Virginia generates 1.49 tons of solid waste per capita.
  • Virginia recycles 29.1% of the state's solid waste.

  • 60% of Virginia's schools have at least one inadequate building feature.
  • 58% of Virginia's schools have at least one unsatisfactory environmental condition.

1 comment:

Old Coot said...

It is shameful how our infrastructure has been let go! I have seen nothing from our local legislators to address this growing issue. The longer a structure is neglected, the more dangerous it becomes, and the more expensive to fix!